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LAMSL Rules
Revised March 10, 2017

Managers' Meetings | Game Time Requirements/General Game Rules | Protests | Cancellation of Games | Fines, Suspensions, Etc. | Other General Rules and Regulations | Pitching Rules | Illegal Bat Rule | Weeknight Modified League Rule Modifications | Note

Managers' Meetings

1. Every team is required to send the team manager [or representative] that is on the roster to the managers’ meeting. Notifications of upcoming meetings will be posted on the website. Meetings will typically be held on Saturdays at 1:00 P.M. The league will give as much notice as possible for upcoming meeting day, location or cancellation. Certain exceptions will be made for representatives that are not on the roster (i.e., team sponsors). This must be approved by the league president, vice president and council.

2. Any team that is not represented for mandatory meetings will be fined $25.00 (notice will be issued with a minimum of two weeks). The league will determine if the absence of a team manager or representative is excused (proof may be required).  Manager will not be allowed in the dugout until fine is paid.  

3. Starting time will be 1:00 P.M. with a 10 minute grace period. No Exceptions. Three late arrivals during the season will result in a $25.00 fine. The league reserves the right to exercise discretion and excuse a late arrival.

4. Although the league allows drinking during meetings, we expect all managers or representatives to act in a professional and courteous manner during the meeting. No obscene language or behavior will be allowed during the meeting. Any person found doing so will be asked not to participate in the meeting and fined $25.00.

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Game Time Requirements/General Game Rules 

  1. Notification to umpire of how many players will bat. All players must be present in dugout at time of announcement.  Umpire may use his discretion when allowing a non present playe on the starting line-up, (i.e. restrooom, in vehicle, etc.) 
  2. Umpire game fees. Must be paid no later than the 3rd inning.  Umpire is responsible for collection.  Failure to pay for game regardless of reason will result in an automatic forfiet.  The team will also be fined an additional $15.00 for failing to pay the umpire fees on game day.
  3. Once the number of batters is given to the umpire, any other changes will have to be made by substitution. Names of players that are not starters or arrive late shall be given to the umpire and opposing manager.
  4. Any player named in the starting lineup can move freely while on defense. Note: Batting order must remain the same throughout the game unless there are substitutions from the bench..
  5. Uniform shirt and hat must match for all 9 defensive players.  Logos and letters must also be the same. The shirt must contain a visible number on the back, sleeve or front. Names are optional. Baseball pants must be worn. (No sweats allowed, umpires may use their discretion on what is acceptable.) The color of the baseball pants do not have to be the same.

NOTE:

  1. It is unorthodox for a team to have more than 1 of any number. However, if a team has a repeated number, this must be brought to the attention of the umpire and the opposing manager. This information must be shared prior to when the second (third, fourth, etc.) player with the repeated number steps into the batters box. Failure to inform of a repeated number to the specified personnel will result in an out as the player with the same number steps into the batters box.
  2. It is unorthodox for a team to engage in mass changing of numbers while the game is in progress. However, if a team engages in such activity, each player with a new number must inform the umpire and opposing manager of his new number prior to stepping into the batters box. Failure to inform of a number change appropriately will result in an out for the first infraction. NOTE: The respective players may continue to wear their new number without announcement after their first at bat with the new number.
  3. A benched player who enters the game with a number already used during the game must announce his number prior to stepping into the batters box. Failure to do so will result in an out for the first infraction.
  4. Tucked in jerseys will be required from all teams.  Although the league recognizes that some players may have a problem keeping their shirts tucked due to their size, an attempt must be made to be able to do so.  LAMSL has pride in its professionalism and long lasting uniform rule.  Tucked out jerseys do not reflect a professional look and we would like to do the best to look the part in the professional league that we are.  Umpires must enforce this rule. 

      5.  Sleeveless jerseys must be worn with the same color sleeved undershirt by the starters.

      6.  No metal cleats will be allowed. NO EXCEPTIONS. Any player found doing so will be automatically ejected. No warning is necessary.

      7.  The official game time is determined by the umpire.  The umpire should announce the start time before every game to both managers as a courtesy.  Both managers have the                                responsibility to verify start of game time with umpire if he fails to do so.

      8.  Teams will only be allowed to finish a game with 8 players if it is due to injury. An ejection with only nine players present will be an automatic forfeit. 

      9.   If a player steps foot on the field with the wrong uniform once the game has started, he will be given the opportunity to produce the correct uniform.  If he fails to do so, he will                       not be allowed to participate in the game and a replacement player must come in to replace him.  (Umpire will be allowed to use discretion on matching uniforms, i.e. slightly different                       color or faded clothing.)

     10.   Catchers do not have to wear a hat on the field but must prove that they have one available. The umpire may ask that the hat is hung up in the dugout in a visible location.  Catcher                      can also choose to wear any hat underneath his catchers mask but must present a matching hat if requested to do so.  

     11.  Only a team manager or designated team captain may question a call made by the umpire. Any other player doing so is subject to being ejected without prior warning from the                           umpire.

     12.  All players must be in the dugout during the game. Any player found outside the dugout for an extended period of time will not be allowed to return to the game.  Only players on                      the roster are allowed to participate in the game.  First and third base coaches must be in full uniform. (No Exceptions)

     13.  Any player that is removed from the game for a substitution may not re-enter the game. Any player that is found doing so will be suspended for one game and the manager will be                  fined $50.00. If the player completes an at-bat or steps foot defensively before being noticed, this will be cause for a forfeiture of the game.

     14.  Both new balls will be used in the first inning. One new ball will be used in the top and one new ball in the bottom of the inning.  Balls will no longer be returned to teams.  They will                       be kept by the umpire to be used as back up balls for future games.   

     15.  There is a 10 minute grace period for the first scheduled game only.  The umpire should use his best discretion before calling a forfeit (i.e., player is visible, in parking lot or                            running to the field). NOTE: This discretion will be used for all games.  This time should not be used against the official time limit of 2 hours. 

     16.  When a team is unable to provide 9 players at game time, they can chose to be the visiting team.  This can be done for any scheduled game.  The other team may not oppose                           unless they do not have 9 players as well. At that point an additional 5 minute grace period will be given but can not revert to the visiting team once the 5 minutes expire.  The                                 visiting team must then provide 9 defensive players after the 3rd out.  No minimum offensive players are required for this.   

      16.  Time limit for All REGULAR SEASON games, regardless of the start time of the game, will have a two hour limit or 9 innings. (No new inning after 1:50) If a tied game game has                          gone the 9 innings and is under the time limit, the umpire will allow the game to continue. An extra umpire fee will be charged for extra innings. Fee: $2 per extra inning per                                      team. This rule applies to Regular Season Games.

      17. Playoff and Championship Game time regulation will be played with a 2 hour 10 minute time limit. Due to the fields being rented for specific times as well as other games being                           scheduled, we must have a certain time limit set.  Under certain circumstances, the umpire may be able to allow the game to go longer or the full 9 innings, (i.e. last game of the day                         etc.) If the umpire determines that the game is going past the 2 hour 10 minute time, he will then call both managers to the plate and advise them of what next full inning will be the                         last.   

      18. Mercy Rule Specifications: 15-run lead after 4 1/2 or 5 innings. The Mercy Rule will be used in all games: Regular Season Games, Playoffs and Championships.  The umpire should use                   his discretion when implenting mercy rule during pre season or practice games.  Teams should be given as much time as possible to play, regardless of the mercy rule during                                     pre season.  A minimum time of 1:45 should be allowed. 

      19. No special arrangements are to be made between managers in regards to any league rule. Any manager found doing so will be fined and the game will be considered a loss for both                 teams. Any umpire that agrees to a manager arrangement will also be fined and suspended for one day. The umpire will be the only shall initiate an agreement between both managers.                     This will be done only with the approval of the President or Vice-President prior to contacting both managers. This will be done only under circumstance that will not benefit either                                team (i.e.,discolored jersey or cap).

       20. A sign-in sheet may be provided by the league which will require a printed and signed name for each player participating in that game.

       21. Designated runner rule be as follows: Any runner can be designated for the catcher no matter how many outs there are. 
             One runner per inning will be allowed for any player no matter how many outs there are. The runner must be the last out and must be made prior to the first pitch being made to the next                  batter. This will be allowed whether the catcher has already utilized his runner in the same inning or not. In a situation where the last out has been utilized for the catcher, the                                    second to the last out will be utilized for that runner.  There is no runner for a runner once this is done.  If a designated runner is on base and his turn is up to bat, he will be considered an                out.

       22. Plays at home rule - See MLB Rule: 7.13 

       23. Take out slides - See MLB Rule: 6.01 and 6.01(j). 

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Protests

1. All protests must be brought to the umpire’s attention at the time of an incident or circumstance. The team then has up to the 9th inning to turn in its protest in writing with a $25.00 protest fee. The umpire must notify the opposing team that the game is being played under protest immediately after he is notified. The protest will be discussed at the following managers’ meeting. If the team protesting fails to turn in his money or protest in writing before the end of the game, the protest will be invalid. All parties involved must appear at the meeting for the protest. Only the team manager or captain on the roster may discuss the protest. Failure to appear by  the team will automatically favor the opposing team. If the protesting team wins the protest, the $25.00 fee will be refunded. Protest can also be submitted by text to league Vice President in a timely manner. 

2. Team players or managers will not discuss the protest with league officials before the meeting. Failure to follow this rule will also cause the loss of the protest.

3. A protest made against an umpire for the interpretation of a rule or unjust ejection does not necessarily require the umpire to be present at the managers’ meeting. This will be determined by the league.

4. A protest will be handled in the following manner: Protest will be handed to umpire with the $25.00 protest fee. Umpire will turn in the written protest and fee to league president or vice-president. The protest will be read to the council members and discussed. The council will have the final decision along with the input from the league president and vice president. The final decision will be announced at the following meeting. The council’s decision is final at the time of the meeting and will not be up for discussion. The league president and vice-president cannot overturn a council’s decision. NO EXCEPTIONS.

5. All teams will be required to submit ID pictures for every player on their rosters. E-mail ID pictures (with team name and player name) to the LAMSL Webmaster, Jose Reynoso: info@lamsl.com. Every registered LAMSL player's ID picture must be submitted, whether they wish to be posted on the website or not. Failure to submit an ID picture will result in a forfeit if the opposing team protests due to lack of ID availability. LAMSL must have an ID picture on file if a player prefers not to have his picture posted on the league's website. (5/18/14)

Note: Certain circumstances may require immediate attention to a matter before a meeting is held. The league holds the right to determine when that is necessary and will give the explanation for doing so at the meeting.

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Cancellation of Games

1. The League may postpone any game with at least a 48 hour notice due to circumstances beyond its control.

2. No games will be rescheduled or scheduled at certain times for special needs of the team. If the team is not able to appear to a scheduled game, it will be considered a forfeit. The forfeiting team will be responsible for both teams' game fees. These fees will be due prior to the forfeiting team's next scheduled game. If both team managers agree on a mutual postponement, and it is approved by the league, it will be allowed.

3. In case of rain, please check the website on a regular basis for field condition updates.  If you do not see an update you may then contact league officials for status on the games. In certain circumstances the league officials will contact the managers to notify them of any cancellations due to rain. The first scheduled team will have to be present if they have not received any notice of cancellation.

4. Games will be played at the umpire’s discretion (i.e., field conditions, rain, wet field, etc.). No decision is needed by league officials.

5. If necessary, any games suspended for any reason will be made up at the end of the season. The schedules will remain the same and if possible we will schedule double headers during the season to make up those postponed games.

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Fines, Suspensions, Etc.

1. The league holds the right to suspend any player that it feels has violated any rule or has acted in a demeanor not acceptable by the league.

2. All fines must be paid no later then the following game after it was issued. Failure to do so may result in the forfeit of that game regardless if the fine is for a certain individual. Fines may be doubled if they are not paid accordingly.

3. Having illegal players participate during the season that are not on the roster will be cause for the ejection of the entire team for the season.

4. Any player that commits unsportsmanlike conduct determined by the umpire will be ejected from the game and team fined $25.00.  The player must leave the dugout unless instructed otherwise by the umpire.  If the ejected player persists with unsportsmanlike conduct, the umpire has the right to eject the player from the playing field vicinity. Player may be subject to additional fines and suspensions if this should occur. If the umpire should turn in a report about the player, the league will then determine his punishment at the following managers’ meeting. Depending on the severity, the player may be suspended before the managers’ meeting by the league officials. If no report is made the player's punishment will end that same game of ejection unless a league administrators observed a violation that they deemed requires suspension regardless of the umpires failure to submit a report.  Other than those circumstances, the player is eligible to play the following game.  An official record will now be posted on the website of any player that is ejected regardless if an umpire report was filed or not. Players that are ejected two times in one season will automatically be suspended for one game following their second ejection and the team fined $50.00. Players ejected 3 times in a season will cause their team to be fined $100.00 and the player will be suspended until they meet with the league's council to determine appropriate disciplinary actions.

5. Any player that has been banned by the league council for severe circumstances has the right to appear before the council to appeal its decision. The league council will determine if he should return to the league or decide the severity of his punishment.

6. Players, members and fans associated with a team who drink out of a bottle at any park will be fined $25.00. Managers will be held accountable for the payment at the following managers' meeting. Failure to pay will be cause for forfeit for the following scheduled game.

7. Any team leaving trash in the dugouts or in its area will be fined $25.00. This fine will be doubled each time that it is committed.

8. No player is allowed to drink alcohol before or during the game. Any player found doing so will be ejected from that game and fined $25.00.

9. Any player or member urinating in public will be suspended for two games and the team fined $100.00.

10. No player or league member should confront or argue league decisions to a league official unless they are present at a managers’ meeting and is with his team manager. Any player found doing so will be cause for their team to be fined and player suspended depending on the severity. 

11. The league holds a zero tolerance for team fights or brawls on or off the field. This goes for any individual fight as well. If two players are involved in a fight the league will look at the totality of the circumstances based on umpire reports and witness statements.  The Vice President will also take into account both managers version of the incident.  You do not need to throw a punch to be suspended.  Any player found instigting a fight can also be held accountable.  Suspensions will be determined by the severity that can be anywhere from 1 to 4 games or expolsion from the season or league.  Any player suspended does not need to be present on the field during his suspension.  The umpire may determine how many other players will also face fines or suspensions. Automatic fine for more then one player on the same team involved in a fight (i.e., bench-clearing brawl) will be $200.00 for the team, regardless of who started the fight.

12. Umpires are not to be threatened, ridiculed, physically assaulted, spit on or any other inappropriate behavior. Any player found doing so will be subject from being banned from the league regardless of the circumstances (Council decision). Umpires fall under the same criteria towards players or managers.  The team will be fined $100.00 for any violations against the umpires. 

13. Any player that displays an action that can be interpreted by the other team as a demonstration of ridicule or aggressiveness will be ejected from the game. These actions will be left up to the umpire’s discretion. Examples of such actions can be, snapping of the glove after making a catch, slamming the ball on the ground and staring at the opposing team, etc. Again, this will be left to the discretion of the umpire. (4/11/13)

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Other General Rules and Regulations

1.  Any team that forfeits two games in-a-row, or 3 in a season, will be removed from the league unless they pay a $160.00 non-refundable deposit. This fee will be due once the team forfeits its second game, weather or not the forfeits are consecutive. 

2. A team from a lower division is only allowed three players from a higher division before it is forced to move up a division. The league will also determine what division a team should be placed in depending on the team’s performance regardless of the players or division that it is in.

3. The base runners may only advance after the ball has been released from the pitcher's hand.

4. The runner may advance if the ball has gone behind the catcher in between the lines that have been designated. If the ball goes out the lines after hitting the backstop, it is still a live ball.

5. Any pitched ball that touches the ground before reaching the plate will be considered a dead ball. This is an umpires judgement. NOTE: A base runner may not advance on a dead ball. The umpire must announce a ball is dead. Otherwise, a catcher must assume the ball is live if it were to go behind him.

6. 18 players are allowed as eligible players on the roster. NOTE: 2-Round Season: If a team has not filled a 18-player roster, it may continue to add players up until the last game of the FIRST round. 3-Round Season: If a team has not filled a 18-player roster, it may continue to add players up until the last game of the SECOND round. Any roster additions or deletions must be submitted and approved by the league president or vice-president. These changes will only be accepted at the manager's meeting, unless special circumstances apply. Those circumstances will be determined by league administrators. Any additions or changes to the roaster will require a $10 fee per player once the final roster has been submitted. Final rosters are due prior to the first game of the season.

7. Any team that forfeits a game must pay both teams’ game fees unless the opposing team agrees to play a practice game of 5 innings in which they will both split the entire game fee.

8. Top seeeded teams will be considered home team throughout the playoffs and championship games. Field of choice may also be granted if available.  Championship games will only be played at the following fields. Ford Park, Maywood Park, Salt Lake Park, Lynwood Field #1. 

9. The league umpires must be aware of each and every league rule and should always carry a copy with them.

10. A player must be on the roster and play a minimum of 70% of the season in order to be eligible for the playoffs.  If a player misses more thatn two games in a row without notification to the league that he will be out for 2 games, will result in him being ineligible to play in the season and playoffs. 

11. In the event a player is injured, incarcerated or has a work schedule change, it is the manager's responsibility to report the player's status to the league. The manager must obtain a confirmation that the league received the status change for the player. 

12. Sign-in sheets may be given to each manager. After both teams have signed the sign-in sheet, the umpire will initial the top of the sheet and provide a copy to each manager. Managers are responsible for saving their copy for any future reference regarding ineligible players. 

13. Players are no longer allowed to play in multiple divisions. 

16. Revised Designated Runner Rule - Sunday Men's League: A designated runner is allowed for ANY PLAYER in the line-up. The designated runner may be used once per inning and he must be the last out. However, the designated runner for the catcher may be any eligible player on the roster. Note: A designated runner for the catcher is OUT if his turn to bat comes up while he is on a base (due to mismanagement). (6/20/14)

17. Byes or Requests for Byes: Teams that are in divisions that have an even amount of teams do not have byes, regularly. However, teams may request one bye per round of games. A request for a bye must be made a MINIMUM or 2 weeks prior to the requested date. Failure to do so will result in a forfeit and the team will be responsible for covering the forfeit fee of $160.00. No Exceptions. Any byes past the limited amount allowed will have to be approved by the council.

18. Replacement of players due to injuries, incarceration, employment, etc.  Once your final roster has been submitted, any player can be added prior to the first round as long as your roster  has room.  After the second round has started, all changes must be made through notification to the league.  You must notify the league of which player you are de-activatiing and give the name        and picture of the player you are activating.  Please note that once you deactivate a player for another player, your deactiveated player can not return for the remainder of the              season. You are only allowed two de-activations per season.  A third de-activation request must be approved by the council.  No replacments for injuries can be made for playoffs unless your            roster has less than 10 players.  If you have an 11 player or more active roster and lose players, you must utilize the players on your active roster.  If your team only has one pitcher and he is          injured prior to playoffs, the league must approve his replacement.  The team will not be allowed to recruit a pitcher on their own to participate in the playoffs.  

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Pitching Rules

Pitching Note

This is the way the pitching rule is written as the modified fast pitch rule found on a Google search. Please remind your pitchers that although we have allowed some modifications to the rule, it is not a free-for-all and we are still a modified fast pitch league. The umpires have been instructed to enforce the following:

Pitching Rules

As in baseball or fast-pitch softball, the pitcher must begin his or her delivery by coming to a full stop for at least one-second while standing with both feet contacting the pitching rubber. There are limitations on the pitcher's windup to keep the speed of the pitch lower than it would be in a typical fast-pitch softball game. The pitcher cannot rotate his or her arm in a windmill motion to generate speed or rock back and forth before starting the windup.

This is the leagues interpretation and how we will enforce the above rule:

1) Although the pitcher is allowed to take a step back, he must only take one step forward as the pitch is being released.  While doing so the pitcher must keep one foot on the rubber at all times.  Any movement from the planted foot can be interpreted as the pitcher removing his foot from the rubber, which will be a cause for an illegal pitch.

2) The pitch must be presented with the palm upward.  There should be no twist of the hand or covering of the ball as it is being delivered.  The pitcher is not allowed to strike any part of his leg as he is preparing to deliver the ball.  This usually causes a movement in the ball or velocity in the pitch.

3) The pitcher is allowed to twist his upper body to the side as long as both feet remain facing forward and the pitch is made on a straight delivery.  (i.e., at the time of delivery, the pitchers arm must be completely straight as it is coming forward, even with the leg just prior to delivery.

4) As the pitcher brings his arm back, he must not raise his shoulder. elbow or arm above neck level.

Any of the above violations will be cause for an illegal pitch.  After the third illegal pitch is made, the pitcher will no longer be allowed to pitch but can play a different position

We must keep this league a fun and safe league to play in.  We welcome new pitchers that can bring some excitement to the league and competitiveness.  We must remember that players signed up to play modified fast pitch and that is what we must enforce.

Amendments:
Pitchers are allowed to have one foot on the mound, but can only push off from that foot on delivery. The foot (or complete step) cannot be made prior to releasing the ball. (6/12/12)

Intentional Walks: The pitcher must pitch to the batter on an intentional walk. (6/12/12)

Hit-By-Pitch Rule:  Any batter that is hit by a pitch regardless of the division will be granted a base if the umpire determines the batter was unable to avoid being hit by a pitch. This is a judgment call by the umpire. If he feels the batter took the hit intentionally, he can just call it a ball. The ball is also dead and runners are not allowed to advance. (11/9/12)

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Season and Playoff Format for 2017 Regula Season

Top seeded teams have home field advantage throughout the playoffs.  They are given the time and field of their preference if is feasible.  Priortiy is given to higher divisions.  

Div A - Two rounds amongst their own division for a total of 12 games for the season.  Only the top 5 teams will make the playoffs. 4th and 5th seed will play for one game elimination wild card. 

Div B - Will play two rounds amongst their own division and 5 games vs the top 5 Div. C determined after the first 5 games. 

Div. C - Will play one round amongst its own division and top 5 teams will play vs Div. B determined after the first 5 games.

Div. D - Will play one round amongst its own division and bottom 5 teams will play vs Div. E determined after the first 5 games.

Div. E - Will play two rounds amongst its own division and one round vs the bottom Div. D determined after the first 5 games.  

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Weeknight Modified League Rule Modifications

Posted Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Most Sunday LAMSL rules will apply except for the following:

1. There will be no grace period for any game. The Umpire will use his best discretion to allow the game to be delayed for absent players.

2. 4 outfielders will be used. The fourth outfielder may play anywhere in the outfield but will not be allowed to play in the dirt field.

3. Games will be 1:15 games. No new inning will be started 5 minutes before end of regulation.

4. Uniform rule will not be enforced but we strongly encourage all players to wear a numbered jersey, baseball pants and baseball cap.

5. Pitch count will start at 0-0 but the player will only have one foul ball to waist after two strikes.

6. No infield warm ups after the first inning. Pitcher is only allowed one warm up pitch after the first inning.

7. Always refer to Sunday rules when necessary. In case of any questionable rule, play the game under protest and the league Vice-President will address it at the appropriate time.

8. Top seeded teams will have home field advantage throughout the playoffs including the Championship game. In the case of a tie in the standings, head to head between tied teams will determine higher seed.  If there is a tie head to head then we will revert to runs allowed.  

9. First round will be one-game elimination. All other games will be best two-out-of-three. Format will begin with 1 VS 8, 2 VS 7, 3 VS 6, and 4 VS 5.

10. Prizes:
Championship Team - Customized Sweatshirts (12 Maximum) - Trophy that will rotate team each season.  

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Note

The rules and regulations are subject to change depending on the need or circumstances of the league. The league holds the rights to add, amend or modify any rule during the season. The league will only accept suggestions on changes or amendments at the managers’ meeting. Any change will be presented at a managers’ meeting along with the attached amendment or documentation once it has been approved.

Umpires will use their best discretion in enforcing the rules and regulations. Umpires that are unable to do so will be fined, suspended or removed from their duties.

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